Nick Carter Reveals 'Boy Band' Has Found 'At Least Five Superstars' in the Making

Nick Carter on ABC’s Boy Band.
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Nick Carter on ABC’s Boy Band. 

As the Backstreet Boys relish in some well-deserved time off from their "Larger Than Life" Las Vegas Residency show, they get to spend quality time with their families before the recording process for their tenth studio album really kicks into gear.

With another album in the works and an extension on their Vegas show, it's clear that BSB isn't slowing down anytime soon. But as one of the panel members (or "architects," as they're called) of the ABC hit competition show Boy Band, Nick Carter is already working on passing the torch.

"After 24 years, I’m able to kind of give back a little bit and maybe inspire -- and who knows, maybe create that next big group for the next generation," Carter tells Billboard. "I think I have a lot to offer."

As Billboard documented in the 20th anniversary oral history of the Backstreet Boys' self-titled debut, Carter and Co. have seen some pretty insane success since that first album (which is 14x multi-platinum on its own): more than 76 million records sold worldwide, 10 headlining tours, and 17 Billboard Hot 100 hits, to be exact. "Yeah, I do think I have a little experience in the game when it comes to being in a boy band," Carter laughs.

Pointing out the caliber of his co-architects (Spice Girls' Emma Bunton, Timbaland and Rita Ora), Carter insists that they're vetting the potential members very carefully. "We want it to be honest and true, it has to be right. Backstreet Boys, we had an audition as well -- we were not necessarily put together, we knew each other, but at the same time there’s a lot of parallels with the process that’s going on with Boy Band."

Now in week nine, the initial troupe of hopefuls is down to the remaining eight boys. So does Carter believe he's been part of a successful search for the next teen sensation?

"It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens," he suggests. "I’m going to tell you right now, I really believe that we have at least five superstars."

Boy Band airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.